I've done this before. I'm so absorbed in my book, tablet, or whatever in public that I sometimes I notice what's going on around me. I'm a perfect victim for a pickpocket for worse. Well, that's what happened to a group of commuters on a train.
As surveillance video showed,a man took out a gun and waved it around but no one noticed. Then he sort of gave up and put it back inside.
He even wiped his nose with the gun in his hand. Just seem so casual. I can't imagine what he was thinking. In a way, he was probably shocked that he was getting away with it. Until he decided to escalate things and shot a college kid.
Here is a more indepth report on the dangers of being too absorbed into one's mobile world and not be aware of what's going on around them.
I'll be the first to admit as I've stated above. It doesn't have to be mobile but many times for us today, it's our mobile devices that have our attention and the main source of distraction. This is not just about standing around looking down on your mobile device, become a victim of a crime, and then not being able to identify the assailant because you didn't see it coming.
It's not only about standing around. It's about texting and walking. It's about texting and driving as well.